New Falcons GM Fontenot could select successor to QB Ryan

Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 5:48 PM EDT
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(AP) - New Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot may use his first NFL draft pick on a quarterback. Longtime starter Matt Ryan will be 36 this season. Fontenot may consider quarterbacks Justin Fields of Ohio State and Trey Lance of North Dakota State with the No. 4 overall selection.

Fontenot and new coach Arthur Smith need a quarterback to play behind Ryan this season and possibly start in 2022. Running back also is a priority. The Falcons have nine draft picks. First-round options may also include Florida tight end Kyle Pitts and Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell.

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